Delivering justice for all in South Africa: the power of paralegals

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to fighting for freedom and justice. While South Africa gained its freedom in 1994, too many still suffer a lack of access to justice today. In this guest blog on Mandela Day, Dr Winnie Martins of the Centre for Community Justice and Development highlights the crucial role played by community paralegals in responding to day-to-day justice problems.

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Deon Shekuza a Youth Agent for Sustainable Development

Last month, Namibian youth advocate Deon Shekuza and Mary Robinson held an intergenerational dialogue on climate justice, on the sidelines of the Climate and Sustainable Development High-Level Meeting in New York. In this interview for, Deon expands on his experience and aspirations as a youth agent for sustainable development.

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Safeguarding future generations: how Wales is leading the way on climate justice

As Elders’ Chair Mary Robinson calls on UN Member States to prioritise the interests of young people, Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales explains how the Welsh Government is giving young people a voice in political decision-making.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Caroline Kamana from Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition’s Education team, explores the power of Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

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Standing strong in the wake of increasingly hostile US immigration policies

A Florence Project client at the organisation's annual client appreciation event in 2018.

With the Trump administration expanding a hard-line immigration policy, Greer Millard from The Florence Project highlights how these changes are impacting asylum seekers and migrants detained in Arizona. 

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Students, Sunrise and Rebels unite to defy extinction

On 15 March students from around the world will join a global Youth Strike for Climate to demand that their leaders urgently take climate action. In this guest blog Farhana Yamin, CEO at Track 0 and Extinction Rebellion activist and Jake Woodier, an organiser of #YouthStrike4Climate explain why.

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The World Bank Group's defeat at the US Supreme Court will save its mission

In this guest blog Kirk Herbertson, Advocacy Strategist at EarthRights International - one of the Spark of Hope organisations honoured by The Elders - explains the significance of a ruling from the US Supreme Court earlier this year. 

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The women taking on India's domestic violence epidemic

As The Elders launch a new programme on Access to Justice, Elca Grobler, founder of Indian NGO My Choices Foundation – one of the “Sparks of Hope” grassroots groups championed by The Elders - writes of the importance of addressing the profound global injustice of violence against women and girls. 

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Tracking the transition to a sustainable future

Credible information is key to those advocating for a sustainable world. James Browning and Ted Nace explain how CoalSwarm’s tools power understanding of where the transition to sustainable energy supplies is working – and where it isn’t. 


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Without traditional knowledge, there is no climate change solution

The world is waking up to the reality of climate change

But for me — and for the millions of indigenous peoples around the world — climate change isn’t a revelation. It’s life. 

For all indigenous peoples, whether we come from the mountain or the forest, the desert or the ice, our lives and livelihoods are linked to the environment. We are dependent on the land, and because of climate change, that land — and our futures — are in danger.

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